Absentee wrote:I've been thinking about this one for a while. All of my major spikes in symptoms, the initial through present, have occurred around extremely stressful life events.
extreme work stress
buying first house
stressful "promotion" at work
gainsbourg wrote:Stress is also known to weaken the immune system and damage the blood brain barrier....but for all we know, the main damage may occur simply because stress laden thoughts somehow harm or weaken the very tissues from which they originate.
that could be related to stress and the excretion of chromium, what do you think LC?
gainsbourg wrote:This is an area that fascinates me. For healthy people stress management is a 'self improvement' thing - but I believe if you suffer from any kind of neurological disease learning how to avoid and cope with stress is an absolute must. It's a pretty tall order when this disease can be so debilitating, unpredictable and stressful in itself.
There can’t be many people who like to hear it suggested that their physical disease may be worsened or even stem from mental turmoil, but there is growing evidence that our mental and emotional functions powerfully influence our health. The mind and the body form a kind of continuum and are not as separate as modern medical treatment would lead us to believe.
Stress is a known factor in IBS, psoriasis, hives, eczema, thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, and the onset of type 1 diabetes...the list is huge.
Yes, stress hormones are known to upset normal immune functions, for example by changing or amplifying cytokine production, which ultimately results in autoimmune disease. Stress is also known to weaken the immune system and damage the blood brain barrier....but for all we know, the main damage may occur simply because stress laden thoughts somehow harm or weaken the very tissues from which they originate.
Finally, mast cells, which reside in the endothelium, can be activated by increases in corticotropin releasing factor related to stress. Activated mast cells increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier and increase inflammation through the release of tumour necrosis factor α, histamines, and tryptase
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